Have you ever noticed that when you release your life to God, that from your point of view, it feels as if He messes it up more often than He makes it better? What do you do with that? I have been coming to grips with the fact that an idea that I thought was a Biblical truth, may, in fact, be nothing more than a portion of the Bible interpreted in a way that sounds good. Let’s see if we’re on the same page on this. Okay, agree or disagree: Just like the Israelites in the Old Testament, if Christians do what God asks, He gives them blessings (wealth, health, good reputation, etc.), but, if a Christian screws up, God sends them cursings (punishments, bad stuff). Now, we would all agree that we are not Israel, we are the church, and we’re not living during the same dispensation. BUT, somehow, I have been duped into believing that if I am ‘living all out for God,’ then He should be working hard at keeping the daily hassles I have to deal with to a minimum. Isn’t that a part of the “seek first the kingdom of heaven and all this will be added unto you” sermon? Or did I just misunderstand? Whatever the case, God has been relentlessly placing the truth in front of my face. Christians are not only not guaranteed that God will make their life easy, we are promised that we will be hated and will be involved in warfare daily. And God keeps His promises. So, here I am, once again, faced with the choice to believe the truth or keep having a ‘Christian temper tantrum’ when God doesn’t meet my expectations; expectations I shouldn’t have because God never promised those things. And once again, I am reminded, “The truth will set you free.” Free to trust, free to rest, free to take risks, free to…..